This autumnal rainy weather always makes me feel like it is Christmas. We spent almost 6 years in the UK and this weather is Christmas weather!! One of the funnest things we did one year was go to a Christmas Market in Germany. It was a winter wonderland. The stalls with hand made crafts, food, roasted nuts, hot chocolate, - it has forever spoiled Christmas for me (in the festive sense obviously) because these summer NZ Christmasses just don't do it for me anymore!! Christmas should be cold. It should be strewn with fairy lights and the air should hang heavy with the smell of roasted nuts. There should be candles and adorable little wooden houses with smoke coming out the chimney. But still, this year when we do celebrate Christmas with the smell of BBQ's hanging in the air and the kids outside on their new bikes or scooters, our hearts will still be reminded of a Saviour, born to take the sin of the world. Born in a barn and placed by loving hands in a manger.
"For God so loved the whole world that he gave His only Son that whosoever should believe in Him, should not perish but shall have everlasting life" John 3:16.